Part I: Neighborhood
A series of pedestrian bridges connect Youth Square to three shopping plazas: Hing Wah Estate Commercial Complex, Wan Tsui Shopping Centre, and New Jade Shopping Arcade. Various businesses there, such as restaurants and clothing retailers and cosmetics and cell phones. There are no "dai pai dong" or food stalls common to other HKG areas though. The MTR Chai Wan station (which is the end of the Island line) is reached via New Jade. There are bus stops on Wan Tsui Road going in both directions; for instance, #82 goes to "Siu Sai Wan" (Island Resort) and #8X goes towards Fortress Hill.
Part II: Hostel Building
Youth Square is like the YMCA in many ways, in that the entire building is dedicated to youth service organizations such as the Boy Scouts and helping them fulfill their mission.
• Floors LG1 and LG1 is Y-Theatre.
• Floor G provides access to Wan Tsui Lane at street level. There are benches located around the Plaza.
• Floor 1 leads to the pedestrian bridges and MTR station.
• Floor 2 is the Y-Studio.
• Floors 2M and 3 have Y-Mart which has organization offices and sometimes they sell stuff with their logos.
• Floor 4 is Iconic Square, two restaurants serving contemporary Chinese food.
• Floors 5 and 6 has Multi-purpose areas for meetings and exhibition space I think.
• Floor 7 has the Civic Education and Youth Resource Centres.
• Floors 8 and 9 has more Multi-purpose space and offices.
• Floor 12 is the Reception desk for Y-Loft, and the Iconic Bar that offers light snacks and breakfast items.
• Floors 13 and 14 have hostel rooms. 14 also has the Skytrack for runners but it was closed for renovations as of writing.
Youth Square staff can be seen often around the property, wearing blue uniforms. There are multiple points of entry to the building, but it can be confusing figuring out the various lifts and escalators.
Part III: Our Room
There are only 5 power outlets in 1309, which wasn't enough for us to plug in our cell phones. We asked for and got a power strip. There were ants (always 1 or 2) coming from somewhere in our room, and at least one cockroach was seen.
There were 3 ceiling lights in the bathroom and three in the bedroom by the door. I thought this wasn't enough illumination but we did have bedside lights, a table lamp and floor lamp. Several fluorescent lights in the patio area, which for some reason has a sunken area about 15 s.f. too small for a pool. Floor of the bathroom is the same tile as in the shower; the same for the bathroom walls and shower walls (and the last one has moldy grout). In fact, once at midnight the toilet stopped flushing; luckily it went back to normal at daylight.
12 channels on a flat screen T.V. with remote, which is mostly Chinese programming but no CNN. Also 2 room safes and mini-refrigerator. There are microwaves on the 12th floor but not in rooms. No toothbrush or toothpaste or shower cap or comb provided, and instead of little bottles of bath gel there's only a dispenser in the shower. I recommend bringing your own shampoo and shaving cream as well. Not enough hooks and towel bars for our triple room. The sink is a large square basin measuring 15"D and 23"W that I could use to wash my socks and underwear if I wanted to.
Finally, the WiFi router has an iffy connection… sometimes it is very slow and other times the signal is lost entirely. I measured it as 1.38 Mbps download, 0.99 upload, and .67 ms Ping.
I would not recommend Y-Loft for longer stay (anything more than a week) travelers, those who want to be close to the business districts/nightlife, or those who like more creature comforts. I would recommend for budget travelers and those who don't spend a lot of time in their rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Y Loft houses 148 rooms located in the Main Block and Hostel Block of Youth Square. Room selection includes Twin Rooms, as well as Twin Rooms With Balcony, Triple Rooms, House of Six, Duplex and Accessible Rooms. Equipped with full-service facilities like The Oasis, SkyTrack, common area, fitness centre and laundry marts, etc., Y Loft provides a perfect accommodation for budget travelers all over the world. It also offers concession rate to youth organization or youth activities held by non-profit organization or International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) members. Y Loft has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for three consecutive years in 2012 – 2014 and 2016 by TripAdvisor in recognition of its well-appointed facilities and the attentive service provided by staff. Y Loft further received a Bravo Badge and Certificate of Recognition from TripAdvisor and an online travel agent respectively, for delivering good levels of guest service and experience this year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- y-Loft (Youth Square) Hotel Hong Kong
- Y Loft (Youth Square) Hong Kong